Synopses & Reviews
Between the proposal and the triumphant introduction of the new husband and wife, the path to wedded bliss is sometimes more like an obstacle course of expectations, traditions, hopes, and fears. For every bride who has considered, however briefly, forgoing her fantasy wedding for a quick trip to city hall, for every groom who has wondered what's possessed the woman he loves, the stories and poems in this collection offer alternately comic, touching, quizzical, and romantic guideposts along the long and winding road up the aisle.
For the bride- or groom-to-be, for newlyweds, for lovers at any stage of life and for lovers of good literature, these poems and stories provide a moving, funny, joyous look at how and why we marry, traveling toward a more perfect union.
Contributors: Kathryn K. Abdul-Baki, Bella Akhmadulina, Annette Allen, Rebecca Baggett, Jean Balderston, Chana Bloch, Jody Lannen Brady, E. Shaskan Bumas, Garnett Kilberg Cohen, Lucille Lang Day, Sally Lipton Derringer, Elsa Dixon, Stephen Dixon, Tessa Dratt, Patricia Dubrava, Denise Duhamel, Myra Epping, Alice Friman, Jonathan Galassi, Deborah C. Hecht, Lori-Lyn Hurley, Allison Joseph, Joan Logghe, Karla Kuban, Alison Luterman, Rebecca McClanahan, Carson McCullers, Alice McDermott, Faye Moskowitz, Alice Munro, Kathleen Norris, Sharon Olds, Julie Parson-Nesbitt, Francine Prose, Patti See, Anne Sexton, Henry Taylor, Peter Turchi, Anne Tyler, Jean Valentine, Davi Walders, Jennifer Weinblatt
About the Author
Virginia Hartman is a fiction writer who divides her time between Washington, D.C. and Port of Spain, Trinidad. Her own stories have appeared in Iowa Woman
and The Hudson Review
, and she has twice received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Barbara Esstman is the author of two novels, The Other Anna and Night Ride Home, which is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie and a finalist for the Library of Virginia Fiction Award. She has received individual artist grants from the NEA and the Virginia Commission for the Arts and a Redbook fiction award. She teaches at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland and lives outside of Washington,
D.C. with her children.